Thu 03 November 2022 | 18:06

Klopp: Players shouldn’t be expected to protest at World Cup

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the players should not be expected to protest when during the World Cup in Qatar.


World Cup

will begin on 20 November but the tournament is being overshadowed by Qatar’s human rights record, the treatment of migrant workers, and the LGBTI+ community.

Following a ceremony where the


manager was awarded the Freedom of the City, Klopp said it is unfair to expect players to protest at the Qatar World Cup.

He told Sky News:

”I don't like that we expect [the players] now to do something. They go there to play football.

“It’s not fair to give the responsibility to the players,” he said. “It’s more than 10 years ago when other people decided and we all accepted the decision.

“It’s not about this generation’s players saying ‘we don’t go,’ these are the players, the tournament is in Qatar, the players go there and play the game.

“The decision was made by other people and if you want to criticise anybody then criticise the people who made the decision, not the sport, not the competition and for sure not the players.”

Some of the team captains want to wear ‘One Love’ armbands at the World Cup in support of the LGBTQ+ community but Klopp feels the players shouldn’t be pressured to protest.

“That’s fine but what I don’t like about it is that we expect them to do something,”

he said.

“They go there to play football. The players have to play the games, the want to play the games and all the rest is for other people.”

source: SportMob

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